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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 23, 2009 11:31pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Captain America serial...

I'd like to put up the "Captain America" serial. I checked with USCO and though I found plenty on the cartoons and the movies from the 80's, there was noting on the serial, so I believe it's PD. If someone knows something I don't, please let me know before I get started. Thanks in advance.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jun 25, 2009 10:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

As far as I can find out the serial is fairly safe from a copyright point of view. I am not sure of the trademark implications, though.

Captain America was licensed to Republic for a short term (ie significantly less than the initial copyright term.) I would imagine that the rights to the work would have then reverted to the publisher. It was a group registration and renewal for 1944 prompted a late renewal cancellation due to 1943 notices.

CAPTAIN AMERICA. C1943-44. Presented
by Republic Pictures. 2 reels each (no. 1,
3 reels), sd. Based on the character
appearing in the "Captain America" comics.
Republic Pictures Corp.; no. 1-3,
31Dec43; LP12461; no. 4-10, 23Feb44;
LP12516; no. 11-15, 5Feb44; LP12622.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 26, 2009 2:28am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

The copy of source material is two vhs tapes recorded in EP mode (I hate it when companies do that) released by Video Treasures. Examining the tapes and the packaging, I found no reference to Marvel, which I find surprising since they do own the character of Captain America, and I don't know if Marvel liscenced this tape or not. I sighted earlier the fact that many 1940s Superman cartoons are available here, but obviously they're still here because DC Comics hasn't made a fuss about it. I'm not sure Marvel's people are going to be as passive about finding one of their characters here in any form, especially when said character is planned for a theatrical release in the near future. I think I'll play it safe and pass on this one. Thanks, VC, for your information. You were very helpful. And thank you too, Bob.

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2009-06-26 09:28:58

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Poster: bobsluckycat Date: Jun 24, 2009 8:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

Captain America was put out on Nostalgia Merchant tapes from a pretty decent copy of the film,prior to 1985. I used to have a Beta Max copy. Nostalgia Merchant morphed into Republic Pictures Video somewhat later, I believe. The film more than likely is in the public domain based on the fact it is over 64 years old. Copyrights extend 28 years and renewable for 28 more under the old law. Republic Pictures is defunct for 50 years, rights are scattered to their negatives and prints. However, since "Captain America" may be the property of the comic book company which authorized the original rights to Republic, or it's successors may retain the copyright as it's property. That makes it a very grey area.

Bob O'Brien aka bobsluckycat

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 24, 2009 9:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

Yeah, I took that into consideration too, but if I remember right, I believe there's some Superman cartoons from the 40's that are PD, some of which are here in the archive, and I think the same situation may apply here. I just want to be sure. If Video Cellar cares to throw his two cents in, I'd appreciate it.

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Poster: salt4pepper Date: Jun 26, 2009 12:27pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

Looking forward to it if it's determined to be in the PD. I used to have the tapes in question (EP), but they disappeared somehow.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 26, 2009 7:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Captain America serial...

I'd put it up if I had no doubt in my mind it was ok, but I wouldn't want to subject IA to the wrath of Marvel. They might sic the Hulk on 'em!